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Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Capitol Building
Westminster, London
  • The experts at Londonist and New York Habitat recommend this place
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  • Mike K.
    "Gave evidence to the select committee looking at crossrail project."(4 Tips)
    Christopher F.
    "The building and architecture are amazing."(12 Tips)
    Sony Xperia™ Football
    "For any fan of history this is a must do - why not arrange a tour?"(26 Tips)
    Carl G.
    "Best viewed from Westminster bridge."(2 Tips)
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  • John N.
    John NoeSeptember 15
    Took an incredible tour here
  • Dennis M.
    Great tour. One of our favorite guided tours in London.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PJune 27
    Stunning architecture
  • PILAR P.
    If you want to understand England politics you mess to visit and have the tour! It is. A lot of learning and a beautiful place to be
  • Diego U.
    Brace yourself as the guided tour is 1h40 with few chances to sit, and it is expensive. But it is super interesting, with lots of trivia and important things to learn - and amazing architecture
  • Henry T.
    Henry TapperNovember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Jeremy Cornyn
  • Murad B.
    Murad Bin SawadOctober 2, 2016
    A lot of sightseeing
  • João G.
    João GonçalvesSeptember 27, 2016
    The real House of Cards was born here. And lots of important real life events also happened here.
  • iLaMoO _.
    iLaMoO _September 26, 2016
    Visiting the house of commons was just amazing. Seeing where the PMQs take place was an incredible experience. Highly recommend.
  • Gary H.
    Gary HorSeptember 26, 2016
    A trip to London wouldn't be complete without a photo op against the House of Parliament (and Big Ben)!
  • Peter B.
    Peter BaileySeptember 16, 2016
    Fantastic evening at the House of Lords with Enactus UK
  • Merve A.
    Merve AltıntaşSeptember 13, 2016
    Seeing the house of common checked from the list! Serious must do in London!
  • George X.
    George XSeptember 10, 2016
    You will have the chance to wander around the parliament's halls (House of Lords and House of Commons) and see the place where all decisions for country's future are taken!
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FryerSeptember 8, 2016
    The building and architecture are amazing.
  • Olga S.
    Olga SidorovaMay 17, 2016
    Beautiful historical place!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinMarch 20, 2016
    Probably the most recognisable parliament building in the world. Stunning Gothic architecture. Best viewed from Westminster bridge.
  • Alipe
    AlipeDecember 10, 2015
    Take a look at its design
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGAugust 19, 2015
    Awesome architecture.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCulleyApril 23, 2015
    Everyone should visit the seat of government at least once
  • Adam F.
    Adam FlanaganApril 2, 2015
    This historic building is a must for anyone visiting London. The tour was brilliant and reasonably priced. The combination of imposing Gothic architecture and rich history make it one of my favourites
  • Ksenia
    KseniaMarch 15, 2015
    A must-see place in London. Take the guided tour and enjoy.
  • Serkan G.
    Serkan GörürJanuary 28, 2015
    The architecture is mind blowing.
  • Chris 
    Chris January 28, 2015
    Magnificent! Especially during the night!
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerDecember 30, 2014
    Take the guided tour. Incredible history, far beyond anything I thought. Plus the tour goes where audio tour doesn't.
  • Alexandra P.
    Alexandra PetreDecember 9, 2014
    Amazing dinner in the Members Dining Room!
  • Jimmy M.
    Jimmy MurphyNovember 29, 2014
    When in session, you can enter through the Cromwell gate and watch the houses in action, very cool. Definitely check out the House of Lords, gorgeous room and entryway!
  • Gabi B.
    Gabi BulumacOctober 6, 2014
    No animals are allowed into Parliament 😂😂😂 Power,scandals, can feel it, see it, smell it !
  • Jamila D.
    Jamila DraperAugust 18, 2014
    Big Ben in all its glory
  • Tanya D.
    Tanya DaviesAugust 11, 2014
    Unexpected work trip to Parliament! Lucky! #Londonyay
  • Shorsh H.
    Shorsh HamidJuly 15, 2014
    Me and ambassador of France in Republic of kurdistan
  • Çiğdem A.
    Çiğdem AydınJune 30, 2014
    Suprisingly stunning :)
  • Falah
    FalahMay 8, 2014
    The cafeteria food is delicious and cheap
  • izi.TRAVEL
    izi.TRAVELApril 7, 2014
    The Houses of Parliament consist of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Their debates can be visited for free and seen from the public galleries referred to as the Strangers Galleries. Read more
  • John M.
    John MurphyMarch 14, 2014
    Select committee experience is great for AS politics students. Tour guide was exuberant.
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  • Rimon N.
    Rimon NMarch 6, 2014
    All things look better in the night with the right lighting.
  • Tara E.
    Tara EvansJanuary 21, 2014
    The most magical tour of the Parliament and House of Lords. The bar is just a bit if an old man dive but the surroundings are spectacular.
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesNovember 12, 2013
    Did you know that Big Ben isn't actually the name of the tower in London’s Houses of Parliament, but the nickname for the clock’s bell?
  • Felix V.
    Felix VelardeOctober 22, 2013
    To get free tickets to climb the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) just write to your MP
  • James N.
    James NugentOctober 12, 2013
    Saturday tours are amazing.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BoswellAugust 4, 2013
    Contact your local MP. Most of them will happily give their constituents a tour if requested.
  • Londonist
    LondonistAugust 2, 2013
    Ask the tour guides about the graffiti under the books in the House of Commons.
  • Marie-Anne R.
    Marie-Anne RamondJuly 23, 2013
    The Parliament is open to visitors during the Summer holidays. A lot of tours in different languages available. Tickets should be purchased before the visit on
  • Rashid K.
    Rashid KhanJuly 6, 2013
    You can get a nice view from the bridge beside the building. It's a classic piece of architecture
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SimpsonJune 11, 2013
    No espresso cups in the cafe today, how am I supposed to get my gameface on in style?
  • David M.
    David Mikel 😜😎April 28, 2013
    no offense meant to those in england. Big Ben pepto was meant for where i was last at. Ihop and one other place in another country.
  • Bogbrush
    BogbrushApril 25, 2013
    It's a Bloody shame Guy Fawkes didn't finish off the Job he started.. Utter waste of space the MP's in there supposedly representing this country... LIB/LAB/CON..
  • Sebastiaan W.
    Sebastiaan WolzakApril 14, 2013
    Walk down towards the next bridge in the south to take pictures. Way better than the Westminster bridge at the BigBen
  • Colin M.
    Colin MercerMarch 24, 2013
    Statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square.
    Otel.comMarch 19, 2013
    Anyone who would die here is entitled to a state funeral, and it's forbidden. If they notice you looking a bit sick, they carry you out of the building immediately.
  • Murphy R.
    Murphy RichardsFebruary 15, 2013
    You lot ought to pass a real general anti-avoidance bill:
  • Rhammified Media
    Rhammified MediaJanuary 16, 2013
    We were at Parliament once again, this time to create live content of the British Youth Council's Annual Parliamentary Reception in December 2012.
  • Rhammel A.
    Rhammel AfflickNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Some very memorable events in this building for me. My most recently leading on the social media and press coverage for the UK Youth Parliament's House of Commons Sitting from this very spot:
  • c0uP
    c0uPAugust 17, 2012
    I've walked past this place at least 20 times, and I'll never get tired of how beautiful it is, in natural light, or how wonderfully lit it is at night.
  • Jess M.
    Jess McCabeJuly 29, 2012
    See where the suffragettes chained themselves to the statues in St Stephen's Hall
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen McVerryJuly 17, 2012
    There's really no excuse to be in London and not tour Parliament.
  • British Youth Council
    BYC, supported by the House of Commons, launched the Youth Select Committee here on 17th April 2012 - a new body which mirrors the UK Parliament Select Committee. Read more
  • 🎉TÄN👸✨
    🎉TÄN👸✨April 14, 2012
    London Big Ben
  • Jonathan I.
    Jonathan IsaacsApril 12, 2012
    Check out the loos. They are well posh!
  • Morgans Hotel Group M.
    Order, order! Here lies the seat of British politics, the spiky neo-Gothic Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament). Read more
  • andrew
    andrewMarch 13, 2012
    Interesting afternoon
  • Leila R.
    Leila RigatosMarch 4, 2012
    Incredible architecture! It's amazing and a must see in London.
  • Mike K.
    Mike KellyFebruary 26, 2012
    Gave evidence to the select committee looking at crossrail project. A very grand and old establishment. Carpets VERY thick. Wheels kept dragging.
  • Sony Xperia™ Football
    Sony Xperia™ FootballDecember 6, 2011
    For any fan of history this is a must do - why not arrange a tour?
  • Sally-Anne R.
    Sally-Anne RogersNovember 12, 2011
    Superb tour of the whole building. Highly recommended!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BonelloOctober 28, 2011
    It's always good to know the head of security so he can get you inside the houses of parliament!
  • James C.
    James CheethamOctober 16, 2011
    Do the tour, it's excellent, well worth the queuing!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatSeptember 26, 2011
    A tour of the Houses of Parliament should be on everyone’s to-do list. It takes just over an hour and really gives you a witty insight into the British Government system, art, and history as well.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DSeptember 22, 2011
    Open during the summer but you may get turned away if there are 'emergency' MP meet-ups . .eg. Libyan crisis.
  • Charlie N.
    Charlie NAugust 31, 2011
    Lots of protestors outside aviod them!!!
  • Britannica
    BritannicaAugust 3, 2011
    A royal palace was said to have existed at the site under King Canute. The building, spoken of by W.Fitzstephen as an “incomparable structure,” was built for Edward the Confessor in the 11th century
  • Tee
    TeeAugust 1, 2011
    Must see- get tix for amazing tour of parliament. Incredible architecture and history. Wonderful guide Liz- you are amazing in knowledge shared!
  • Alasdair B.
    Alasdair BainJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you die here it's convention you receive a state funeral. Make sure you have a doctor with you to declare it otherwise the guards will simply drag you outside and declare it thereCheap bastar....
  • Ronan S.
    Ronan ShieldsMay 13, 2011
    Bribes are exchanged at the bar usually
  • Andy S.
    Andy SiddiqiApril 27, 2011
    Took some pictures at sunset walking towards Westminster Abbey
  • Tammo G.
    Tammo GunstApril 17, 2011
    Did you notice the bridges over the thames are red and green as well?
  • Michal
    MichalMarch 28, 2011
    I've been here many times but everytime amazed. Love the Tower clock and the walk in sorrounded park.
  • Pamela T.
    Pamela TFebruary 21, 2011
    Parliament normally in session (Lords/Commons) late on Monday pm, visitors allowed. See London Walks & take the "Westminster By Gaslight" tour--no standing the queue to get in with your group!
    HISTORY UKFebruary 14, 2011
    The stretch of the Thames alongside the Houses of Parliament is the only restricted area of the river, due to obvious security concerns. River traffic must keep to the east bank.
  • Paul C.
    Paul ColmanDecember 9, 2010
    Good place to get your expenses done.
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn StaffordOctober 15, 2010
    The tour season ends on Oct 1st, but they've added year round Saturday tours. No photography by the way.
  • Humanist Heritage
    Humanist HeritageSeptember 18, 2010
    A number of prominent humanists and secularists have sat in each houses. One of them – Charles Bradlaugh – was the last person to be imprisoned in a cell in the Palace’s Clock Tower Read more
  • Jon C.
    Jon CarterAugust 12, 2010
    Big Ben, Parliment, Westminster, 10 Downing, all close together!
  • Elliot S.
    Elliot SAugust 11, 2010
    Get in for free when you visit the exhibition and not the guided tour
  • Londonist
    LondonistJuly 23, 2010
    Try and get into one of the bars. The Sports Bar is our fave, with the look and feel of a real locals' pub.
  • Richard G.
    Richard GregoryJune 30, 2010
    Make sure you're correctly dressed when you visit as it is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament when wearing a Suit of Armour. It is also illegal to die in here, so don't do that either. Have fun Read more
  • Doug M.
    Doug MonroApril 15, 2010
    Cheat your expenses
  • Matteo M.
    Assolutamente da visitare! Consiglio di prendere l'audio guida.
  • Hector R.
    Hector RoigAugust 30, 2016
    Este lugar se ha de visitar obligatoriamente!
  • Rodo M.
    Rodo MacielJuly 2, 2016
    Ubicado en Parliament Square, el edificio mas bonito de Londres, de arquitectura Gótica, la vista es super chida de noche, y todo lo que quieres ver esta a su alrededor. Visítalo de día y de noche.
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CruzSeptember 16, 2014
    La mejor vista de toda la ciudad que desde este punto. Todo lo que quieres ver está alrededor/ There is not a best view from all the town, everything you always want to see of London all around.
  • Jonathan T.
    Jonathan TerazziSeptember 15, 2014
    Clairement magnifique, encore plus par beau temps, comme toujours. A ne pas manquer !
  • Anto B.
    Anto B.August 19, 2014
    Muy buena la audioguía!!
  • Alex O.
    Alex O'BrienJanuary 4, 2014
    В период парламентских каникул в августе-сентябре и после нового года можно попасть внутрь на экскурсию, уже есть на русском. По субботам, иногда в другие дни. Очень красиво внутри, увидите обе палаты
  • Madeline G.
    Imprescindible para británicos y turistas el realizar esta visita en cuanto tengan oportunidad. Fabuloso tanto en lo que a arquitectura como historia se refiere
  • Daria G.
    Daria GlebovaAugust 22, 2013
    Лучшие экскурсоводы на свете, а также вкусная еда всего за 4,50 p
  • CK Mundo
    CK MundoMarch 6, 2013
    Za rohem je Westminster a blízko je to také do Downing street 10. Obě místa stojí za návštěvu, Read more
  • Franco I.
    Franco IavicoliOctober 7, 2012
    Simbolo di Londra e dell'intera nazione nel mondo insieme con la sua celebre torre; vi si può accedere liberamente e magari assistere a una seduta, non servono neppure documenti basta autocertificarsi
  • Parisian Geek
    Parisian GeekFebruary 13, 2011
    Siège du Parlement Britannique, le Palais de Westminster est un bijou architectural, de style néogothique. Écoutez le son de Big Ben à 17h, avec un bon thé! So british. ;)
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